As some city workers in Detroit begin to go back to work under some restrictions, Mayor Mike Duggan said the city is ready for outdoor work under protocols, but it might take some time for office workers to return.
“We're not bringing people back sitting next to each other in cubicles and desks. This state isn't ready for that. But we definitely believe we can bring people under these protocols for outdoor work back safely.”
He detailed the protocols under which outdoor workers can return to work. They are required to wear masks and socially distance on the job. They must also test negative for Covid-19 before returning to work.
“We are bringing people back under the strictest medical protocols in the country,” he said. “It's the same protocols we put in our police department, our fire department and our bus system, and we had a dramatic positive effect in bringing down the infections.”
Meanwhile, protesters in Michigan are criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, demanding she reopen the state. Mayor Duggan said the protests haven’t impacted Detroit and his measures are consistent with Whitmer’s orders.
“I haven't had to close parks, I haven't had to post curfews because we've had great compliance," he added.